February 3, 2018
This weekend will be Super Bowl LII (52) in frigid Minneapolis, Minnesota. The New England Patriots will be making their second consecutive Super Bowl since 2003-04 and looking to win their sixth Super Bowl championship in franchise history. They will face off against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.
If they win, the Patriots sixth Super Bowl championship would be a historic legacy builder for quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, the winningest QB-head coach combination in NFL history.
The Patriots won 5 Super Bowls with Brady/Belichick at the helm: (XXXVI-2001, XXXVIII-2003, XXXIX-2004, XLIX-2014, LI-2016)
The Patriots represented the AFC in the Super Bowl eight times, losing 2 Super Bowls:
AFC Super Bowl appearances (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2018*)
*Super Bowl LII appearance
Lost Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI to New York Giants
They have won the AFC East nearly every year except for 2002 and 2008, missing the playoffs, they have won 10+games in the NFL for a long time, and they look like they are healthy every year. Tom Brady is 40 years old, and he looks like he will be in the NFL for the next 5 years. Coach Bill Belichick does not look like he is ready to retire from the NFL either.
The Patriots are one of the greatest dynasties in the NFL, maybe the greatest. But dynasties do come to an end, and some day, the Patriots dynasty will be over. Will the Patriots dynasty end on Sunday? Even if, the Patriots dynasty will go down in history in spite of the NFL’s salary cap, parity era.
The New England Patriots have been the class of the AFC since 2001, winning 5 Super Bowl championships in the 2000s and 2010s.